How to Crochet a Cross Stich

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Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery in common use around the world. A cross stitch is formed by forming an X-shaped stitch over an already formed piece of fabric, or in this case crocheted piece of material. A cross stitch pattern can be planned in advance and stitches counted as they are completed to make the embroidery process easier. Some cross stitch enthusiasts prefer to work in a free hand style to form the cross stitch design as they work on the crocheted pattern.

  • Thread the yarn through a blunt eyed needle. Locate the starting point on the rear of the completed piece of crocheting that is to be embroidered.

  • Push the threaded needle through the lower right corner starting underneath and pushing up through the existing stitch. Around one inch of yarn should be left on the rear of the stitch to create an anchor.

  • Push the threaded needle downwards through the upper left corner of the same stitch. Half of the X cross stitch has now been formed on the crochet stitch.

  • Repeat the process to form enough X stitches to complete the pattern required.

  • The one inch anchor is now attached to the back of the crocheted material. A stitch should be completed to hold the anchor firmly in place.

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